Trans­port to me­dieval times this month

Cambridge Edition - - YOUR HEALTH - EMMA JAMES

Witches by their caul­drons, knights joust­ing for the princesses af­fec­tion and jesters en­ter­tain­ing the crowd.

When you walk into Wal­dorf School on March 26, you will be trans­ported to an­other world.

The Hamil­ton school’s an­nual Me­dieval Car­ni­val re­turns for its 21st year, pulling out all the stops.

The Ro­to­tuna school will be trans­formed into a me­dieval vil­lage on Sun­day, March 26.

Cam­bridge man Mark Tus­tian is a fletcher for Wulf­ing House­hold, a me­dieval archery group that will be at the car­ni­val.

‘‘The have-a-go archery will be run­ning through­out the day, we try to get at least two main archery demon­stra­tions as the Wulf­ings and all the other archery re-en­ac­tors get to shoot at the Ro­mans as en­e­mies for a change,’’ he laughed.

‘‘The Ro­mans form up their fa­mous shield for­ma­tions as we bat­ter them with ar­rows be­fore they charge us, some­times we archers win and some­times we lose.’’

He said they will be us­ing com­bat blunted ar­rows which have rub­ber tips on the end for safety, but can still be dan­ger­ous as they can be used to hunt birds.

But the ad­di­tional safety feature was the wooden ar­row shaft wrapped in tape, which means if the ar­row breaks the bro­ken ar­row doesn’t be­come a fly­ing splin­ter.

‘‘This year most of my work done on the com­bat blunts was done prior to Wal­dorf, as I made a load of ar­rows for Cam­bridge Ar­mistice back in Novem­ber 2016,’’ he said.

He said the event was get­ting big­ger and big­ger ev­ery year, and that last year space was opened up for camping.

‘‘The Liv­ing His­tory peo­ple will camp their all week­end us­ing the equip­ment of their time pe­riod.

‘‘Some have mu­seum of his­tor­i­cal ac­cu­racy and love to talk to the pub­lic about what they’re do­ing and why, so feel free to ask them if you visit,’’ Tus­tian said.

And don’t forget to stop by the black­smiths or traders, they may point you in the right di­rec­tion for wooden sword mak­ing. The witches and wizards in­side their po­tion house can help you con­struct your own magic wand.

Students from the school will be dressed in me­dieval garb and vis­i­tors are wel­come to do the same.

DOMINICO ZAPATA/FAIRFAX NZ

Chil­dren Waikato Wal­dorf School dress up in cos­tume ready for the Me­dieval Car­ni­val at the end of the month.

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